Pimp Your Pumpkin: Learn how to fight food waste with Chefs David and Mark Borrell

8 October 2019

Photo of a variety of autumnal vegetables, including pumpkins, onions, butternut squash, cabbage

Residents are being encouraged to join Chefs David and Mark Borrell for Halloween-themed, live demonstrations on how to transform leftovers into delicious meals at Wembley Park on Thursday 17 October.

The Pimp My Pumpkin event, which will run from 11am to 2pm in Market Square, outside Wembley Library, is part of a London-wide drive to fight food waste. Attendees will receive tips for making the most of the food they buy, as well as free lunch samples and sustainable goody-bags. The activity is being run with the support of Veolia.

Brent is one of twelve London boroughs taking part in the Small Change, Big Difference campaign, which aims to help Londoners make a big difference to their health, pockets and the planet by getting savvier with their food. The campaign is about eating more healthily and sustainably, reducing the amount of food wasted at home, and recycling more of the inedible bits. 

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment at Brent Council, said: “Londoners throw away almost 910,000 tonnes of food each year. But so much of this waste is avoidable, which is why it is vital that campaigns like Small Change Big Difference exist. 

“Through this event, and other activities we put on throughout the year, we hope to help residents to save money and live more sustainable lives by reducing and recycling food waste. One or two small changes really can make a big difference.” 

Ali Moore, from the Small Change, Big Difference campaign, comments: “By concentrating on small changes, such as freezing your bread or recycling banana skins, we can make a big difference - one recycled banana peel could generate enough electricity to fully charge your mobile phone twice! We’re looking forward to Brent’s lunch event and are excited to have the borough take part.” 

Londoners are spending a whopping £1.4 billion each year on buying food, with councils paying around £50 million to dispose of it when it becomes waste. Not only is this waste environmentally damaging, but families could save up to £70 a month by slightly changing the way we shop, prepare, store and eat our food. We can also do our bit to help with climate change by reducing our food waste and changing the way we dispose of our food.

Register for the Pimp My Pumpkin event for FREE on Eventbrite.

For more information on the campaign go to www.smallchangebigdifference.london